Today in Movie Culture: ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Easter Eggs, Quentin Tarantino Filmmaking Tips and More

Today in Movie Culture: ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Easter Eggs, Quentin Tarantino Filmmaking Tips and More

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:

 

Easter Eggs of the Day

As with any Quentin Tarantino movie, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is full of nods to other movies and TV shows as well as signature fake brands. Did you catch them all while watching the new release over the weekend? Here’s a video from Insider spotlighting all the Easter eggs they found:

 

 

Filmmaking Lesson of the Day

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood gave Quentin Tarantino his highest grossing debut yet (ignoring inflation). Want to make movies as talked about and successful as his? This StudioBinder video compiles some of the iconic auteur’s lessons in writing and directing, including the tip to keep music in mind:

 

 

Filmmaker Trademarks of the Day

You can take advice from Quentin Tarantino on how to make movies like his, but you can also study his movies and spot his trademarks. This video from The Take breaks down his work to help you identify what you’re watching as being something from the guy behind Once Upon a Time in Hollywood:

 

 

Movie Influences of the Day

Quentin Tarantino is known for being heavily influenced by old pop culture when creating his movies, and that’s certainly still the case with Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. This video essay from Insider breaks down some of the filmmaker’s greatest bits of borrowing throughout his career:

 

 

Alternate Career of the Day

In Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Leonardo DiCaprio plays an actor who almost had the lead in The Great Escape, and we get to see what he’d have looked like in the role. Now let’s imagine DiCaprio himself in roles he missed out on thanks to this IMDb video spotlighting the characters he didn’t play:

 

 

Director Commentary of the Day

One of the most talked about things from Avengers: Endgame is Thor’s transformation into an overweight, alcoholic, Big Lebowski-like slacker. For the New York Times, directors Anthony and Joe Russo discuss the change as they watch the scene in which Rocket and Bruce discover their old colleague after five years:

 

 

Reworked Movie Scene of the Day

Fans also really love the climactic moment in Avengers: Endgame when — Spoiler Alert! — Iron Man gives his life to save the entire universe, defeating Thanos and all his minions with a single snap. Revisit the scene in this video, now redone with Lego bricks, courtesy of Huxley Berg Studios:

 

 

DIY Fan Build of the Day

Let’s say Spider-Man: Far From Home is your favorite movie of the year and you’re inspired to cosplay as Spidey to the next fan convention this summer, but you don’t have any web shooters with which to accessorize your costume. Cardboard Cosplay has you covered cheaply and easily with this tutorial:

 

 

Fan Theory of the Day

We have no idea when the next Spider-Man movie will arrive, but that isn’t stopping fans from speculating about its title, villain, and more. In this Film Theory video, MatPat argues that we’ll meet the Sinister Six in the Spider-Man: Far From Home follow-up and suggests one established character will be the new Green Goblin:

 

 

Actor in the Spotlight

Richard Dreyfuss stars in the new movie Astronaut as a man with hopes of winning a contest to go to space. In this video from Vanity Fair, the actor looks back at some of his most iconic roles, including the one in Close Encounters of the Third Kind as a man invited to go to space with aliens.

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